There are a number of publications available that focus on the business climate and the overall community in Columbia.
District Commercial Location Guide. – Complete guide to The District from consumer profiles to marketing data.
Ecomonic Development and Small Business Resource Guide. – County wide guide including everything from financing sources to workforce development to business incubators.
If you're looking to see where your business might fit in, download a map of the various commercial sectors within The District, including lists of businesses and major attractions as well as an overview of various development trends.
Retail/Restaurant Survey Report. A detailed overview of customer perceptions and new business opportunities.
Map Reference Handbook. The series of maps contained in this handbook are the result of a land use and building survey conducted by the City of Columbia in 2009.
A brief analysis of the demand for retail, office and residential housing.
Regional Marketing Data
Complete information about our trade area including population demographics, income levels, buying power and more. We've included information from the three Columbia zip codes.
Profiles of the top consumer groups in Columbia including demographic traits, lifestyle preferences and consumer behaviors. The perfect resource for creating a business plan, developing your marketing, and guiding your advertising.
District Branding Program – Logo and Graphic Standards available to District businesses and the media.
Sample Business Plans
Business guides courtesy of The University of Missouri's Business Development Program
There's an app for that! Now you can check out our vacancy listings right from your iPhone.
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Starting your own business in The District is easier than you think. Download our new business brochure and get started.
The Small Business & Technology Development Center is now located in The District! Take a look at their new training sessions on topics ranging from start ups to financing to marketing.
Downtown Business Incubator. Looking for space and support for your burgeoning business? Check out what the Downtown Incubator can offer you.
I wish this was... We crowdsourced a vacanct building on Broadway. Check out what types of busineses people would like to see.
Overview of market demand. Retail, office and residential demand.
Retail/Restaurant Survey Report. Find out what types of businesses District customers want.
Best Place for Start Ups.
Columbia Ranked #1 by Business Week.
Best Place in Missouri to Open a Restaurant in 2010.
Columbia Ranked #46 in Entire Nation.
Best Small Place For Business And Careers for 2010.
Columbia ranked #8 in country, #1 in state.
Columbia Ranked #9 in Nation.
2009 report names Columbia as one of the top college towns.
Columbia Named to Best Towns of 2008 List.
Outside Magazine ranks Columbia 10th in nation.
Best Place in Missouri to Start a Business
Columbia 14th in nation; 5th among cities of 250,000 or less.
Columbia named Most Creative Community.
Columbia first in the state to receive honor.
Ranked by Forbes as One of the Smartest Cities.
Columbia is 11th in nation.
6th Best in Nation for College Educated Workers.
Creative workers key for knowledge-based companies.
Country Homes Top Green Cities.
Columbia ranked 7th for green lifestyles and quality of life.